How tough was life for Gabriel Garcia Marquez when he finished writing One Hundred Years of Solitude ? As we find out in The Guardian , quite tough: When his masterwork was finished in August 1967 and he and his wife went to the post office to send it to his editor in Buenos Aires they had only 53 pesos. It cost 82 pesos to send the parcel so they sent half of the manuscript. "Afterwards we realized that we had sent not the first but the second part," he said. Luckily, the editor "was so eager to read the first half that he forwarded us the money so we could send the rest." How very lucky indeed.